Space Foundation Press Releases

Space Technology Offers Surprising Solution to Oil Spills

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 29, 2008) — The Space Foundation is pleased to announce Universal Remediation Inc. (UniRem) as a new Certified Space Technology. The Space Certification program was created by the Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, to raise awareness and understanding about the significant and practical benefits of technologies originally developed for the space program, that have been adapted into products and services improving life on Earth. 

Oil spills and leaks of all kinds threaten water resources around the world. UniRem, located in Pittsburg, has developed unique, hydrocarbon remediation tools using its Petroleum Remediation Product (PRP) that can be spread on water or soil to absorb, contain, and safely dispose of hydrocarbon pollutants. Essentially highly absorbent hollow spheres of beeswax, PRP immediately binds with hydrocarbons and provides nutrients to naturally occurring microbes. The feeding microbes then create enzymes that biodegrade contaminants.

The basic delivery system grew out of NASA biological encapsulation research and the orbital production of microspheres so uniformly precise they provide calibration standards for scientific and industrial equipment. Industry scientists worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center to develop PRP. PRP was inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in a ceremony during the 24th National Space Symposium earlier this year.

 “The Space Foundation is pleased to welcome UniRem as a Certified Space Technology,” said Kevin Cook, director of Space Technology Awareness for the Space Foundation. “It is nice to know that UniRem’s application of cutting edge space technology is at work keeping our home planet healthy.”

In 2004, UniRem commercialized this space technology by developing products including the BioSok Bilge Maintenance System, the BioBoom, the WellBoom, and OilBuster to treat contaminants in a wide variety of situations.

For more information about UniRem and other space technologies that improve life here on Earth, visit the Space Certification Program online at

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity. A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space in to the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.  It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office, and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation also conducts the National Space Symposium, the premier gathering of the global space community. The 25th National Space Symposium will take place March 30 — April 2, 2009, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  For more information, visit